Friday 23 March 2018

Transfer Talk: Premier League rivals eye €150m Serie A pair

Alvaro Morata, left, and Gonzalo Higuain have been linked with Premier League moves
Alvaro Morata, left, and Gonzalo Higuain have been linked with Premier League moves

Chelsea and Liverpool are weighing up mega-money moves for Gonzalo Higuain and Alvaro Morata respectively, according to today's papers.

Having scored his 19th and 20th Serie A goals in his 20th league game of the season, Higuaín has made Chelsea drool, according toLondon 24, if not in so many words. But Napoli and in particular their president Aurelio De Laurentiis, are having none of it. Back in 2008 when English clubs were reported to be after Ezequiel Lavezzi and Marek Hamsik, he said: " "If these players p--- me off then, OK, they can p--- off to England. But they need to understand this: the English live badly, eat badly and their women do not wash their genitalia. To them, a bidet is a mystery."

But he is taking a different tack with El Pipita Higuaín, reminding Chelsea that if they want to do business he will not be bartered down from the €94m release clause he inserted into the 28-year-old Argentina striker's contract.

Although the Sun reports that Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois, Oscar and Diego Costa all want out of Stamford Bridge in the summer, they omit to mention recent £21m signing Baba Rahman. Will he be sent out on loan to earn a bit more experience? No, says Talksport quoting German sources (not by name), he's on his way back to Augsburg for £10m.

Meanwhile Liverpool continue to be linked with Alvaro Morata, former Real Madrid striker who won Serie A with Juventus last season and a Champions League runners-up medal (to go with his winners one from the year before) is going to be the subject of a €60m bid from Liverpool in the next few days.

Liverpool, says Metro, citing Gazzetta as its snout, are ready "to put €60m on the table to tempt Juve into doing business for the powerful frontman".

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